In answering your question regarding the DVR vs the Genie - how many people are in your home? Do you ever run into recording conflicts now with 2 tuners? I have a HR24 and a Genie - the HR24 is a bit faster in responding to remote commands and scrolling the guide, but the Genie has 5 tuners vs. 2 in the HR24. The Genie has PIP, but it is annoying to me to get to and I have not really used it except to see what it was like - I might use it more now that baseball has started. If you do not currently have any recording conflicts, or there are only 2 or fewer people actively recording / watching shows, I would get a HR24 as an upgrade if you feel you need more equipment - that would give you 2 DVR's with 4 tuners total. You could also just take the discounts being offered right now and wait a few months - by then the newer genie, the HR44 should be nationwide and you can call in at that time to see if you could get any kind of free / discounted upgrade for that.